April 2012 Current Events: U.S. News

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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Here are the key events in United States news for the month of April 2012.

  • Seven Die in California School Shooting (Apr. 2): One Goh, a 43-year-old former student at Oikos University, a Christian school in Oakland, Calif., opens fire on the campus, killing seven people and wounding several others.

  • Romney Edges Closer to the GOP Nomination (Apr. 3): Mitt Romney takes three more primaries, inching closer to the nomination. Romney wins Wisconsin with 42.5 percent of the vote, followed by Rick Santorum with 37.6 percent, Ron Paul with 11.7 percent, and Newt Gingrich with 6.1 percent. In Maryland, Romney wins by a wider margin. He receives 49.1 percent of the vote, followed by Santorum (28.9), Gingrich (10.9) and Paul (9.5). Romney's biggest victory comes in the District of Columbia where his main rival, Rick Santorum, is not on the ballot. Romney wins 70.2 percent of the vote, followed by Paul (12.0%) and Gingrich (10.7%). (Apr. 10): Rick Santorum announces his decision to end his campaign for the Republican nomination. His decision comes after taking Easter weekend off from the campaign and after his youngest daughter, who suffers from a chromosomal disorder, was hospitalized again.

  • Secret Service Agents Fired over Misconduct in Colombia (Apr. 14): Eleven Secret Service agents are let go after accusations of misconduct while in Colombia preparing for President Obama's visit. The misconduct occurs before Obama arrived to attend the Summit of the Americas. The accusations of misconduct include prostitution, which is legal in Colombia.

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